Maintenance of Storm Dorm
A Storm Dorm can be used as an addiitonal storage area when not in use. If you install some additional shelves or storage containers, Storm Dorm can be useful apart from using it as an emergency shelter. Annual maintenance is necessary for a Storm Dorm. The non-perishable food supplies need to be replaced every year. It is a good idea to replace the water storage if any every month.
Checking all the doors, latches, locks, ventilation for any jams or clogs is needed. Vacuuming the area or dusting is needed to keep it clean and liveable in the case of emergencies. If there are any leaks or repairs, they must be fixed immediately to avoid further damages. A Storm Dorm must be installed by a licensed professional and inspected by the city officials. The city registers the Storm Dorm with a GPS unit in order to track you to that location if a tornado strikes.
You can install electrical outlets to run lights, fans, phone or laptop chargers, and so on. Additional batteries need to replaced every year. Emergency hand crank radio is a good addition to keep you updated. If space permits, old mattresses, blankets, clothing, buckets, and toiletries can be stored there for emergency use. Storm Dorms also can be used for fun hangouts or campouts but need to be cleaned after use.
Storm Dorm Tips
Having a checklist is suggested for the Storm Dorm. Emergency mockups will help actually when a disaster strikes and everyone is in a panic mode. Emergency hand winches need to tested. The handrail can be removed when not used and can be adjusted as needed. The benches or seating inside also need to adjusted based on the number of people inside.
Storm Dorms can be installed in any room of your house or garage. Underground Storm Dorms have superior strength. Storm Dorms that are above the ground have easy accessibility. Steel Storm Dorms have good strength and can be prevented from rust by adding coatings. Concrete Storm Dorms may crack after the concrete settles and are prone to moisture. Fiberglass Storm Dorms also may rot over time and need to be checked frequently.
If you are planning for a new construction home, you need to plan the location for a Storm Dorm during the design phase itself. If a Storm Dorm is located in the garage, it is better to place it one foot away from the foundation, garage opening, water lines, electric lines, and so on. If a Storm Dorm is located on the exterior of the property, you need to have a plan how to reach to it during the emergencies. Basements are not that useful in areas where there are more tornadoes and storms. Storm Dorms are a great investment to keep residents safe during emergencies and tornadoes.
Contact expert contractors such as Olde Town Group or Olde Town Roofing if you decide to install a Storm Dorm emergency shelter on your property. Call 309-517-1676 or 309-738-5550 for setting up a storm dorm on your property.